The City of Mandurah has strategically teamed up with five other councils under the collective name Rivers Regional Council (The councils that are part of the Rivers Regional Council are Mandurah, Armadale, Gosnells, Murray, Serpentine Jarrahdale and South Perth) to attract a new system to deal with the burgeoning issue of what to do with our waste.
The issue of what to do with waste is becoming urgent because of a number of issues including a State planning strategy that does not allow for any more landfills on the Swan Coastal Plain and no new landfills for putrescible ( likely to decay) waste are going to be approved at all.
“The bottom line, however, is that this City is committed to the protection of not only our backyard but the global environment – it is an issue beyond the practicalities of landfill availability” said Mandurah Mayor, Rhys Williams.
“We are a Council that thinks long term and that is prepared to invest into the future beyond the electoral cycle.
“This project will be a cost effective and clean waste recovery arrangement for the next 30 years.
“This is a big picture solution to a big issue.
“The idea is to convert our waste to energy,” he said.
This will be achieved by the building of a state of the art waste to energy facility in Kwinana.
It is a massive project that has taken over a decade to get to where it is.
“We now have the finances agreed to through Macquarie Capital, and construction is expected to start in September, with practical completion in 2021,” the Mayor said.
The Citizens of Mandurah produce around 520 KG of waste per person per year– this is a lot better than the country of Denmark that produces an average of 751 kg per capita but a lot worse than Japan that weighs in at 354 kg per capita.
Currently most of this waste is trucked to landfill but when the Waste to Energy plant is up and running our waste will be turned to energy. The processing plant will convert the energy to electricity which will be sold back to industry.
The energy content produced by the plant is equivalent to
• Fuel Oil 121, 212 M3
• Coal – 181, 818 T
• Natural Gas – 109,090 M3
The bottom line is that energy production utilising waste results in lower air emissions that would have been the case with fossil fuels.
There are also significant savings to be made in Carbon Dioxide emissions when compared to the emissions from landfilling or composting.
This plant will manage the waste recovery for 525,000 people or 27 per cent of the Perth population.
The City of Canning and the City of Kwinana have also committed to providing waste for this project in addition to the Rivers Regional Council members. It is also possible that other councils will come on board.
Even the ash produced by the burning will be used in road construction and as an ingredients for brick pavers with up to 20,000 bricks per day to be produced.
Waste to energy does not have a negative impact on recycling. The European experience over a decade clearly demonstrates that as the use of waste to energy technology has increased so has the percentage of waste recycled.